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2018 Straight Rhythm was a pretty good show. I think it may represent an interesting turn in the sport of Motocross. The fast action and easy to follow elimination format are just the kind of show that makes for entertaining watching. You don’t have to know a thing about moto or have a very long attention span to get a kick out of watching, it is almost video game like.
Here are a few of my thoughts about the event –
Dungey – What can you say? It is like he never left. He looks fit and hungry to win. He also still looks like the KTM team leader.
Two Strokes – I thought it was a great hook. The lovely sound is perfect for the short side-by-side format. But it does leave some of the big boys out of the show too. So that won’t work in the long run. But I think the slower and perhaps more difficult to ride aspect is good. Maybe it should become a 250f and 125 or 150 2T format, no 450’s.
Competition – This year the event stepped up a level from previous years. Both young and old racers all looked like they came to race. The carnival sideshow atmosphere of previous years was gone.
Speaking of sideshow – Don’t know what the deal with Ronnie Mac was, don’t care. Frankly I am glad we didn’t have to watch any more of him than we did. He is like a joke that seems less funny each time it is told. Go back to YouTube.
New TLD Gear – Never been much of a fan of the TLD costumes, but the Bates/Aldana skeleton was a hit with me. I like it.
TLD Team – Those guys look like they mean business this year. Like all the top riders at the event, the two strokes didn’t seem to hold them back much.
The 90’s were cooler – Meh, I didn’t need a fluffy retro theme distraction. Nothing about the nasty bark and speed of the badass factory KTM’s seemed very antique.
RV – It was cool to see the two Ryans go head to head, may never see that again. He was close; I bet he will work harder to prepare for next year.
Speaking of RV – Why can’t he and McGrath just switch gigs? Both look out of place on brands they never raced.
Couch Potatoes – There was some good ribbing about the retired guys, but I bet a bunch of the pros were sitting home wondering how they missed out on the fun. I know racing has become a year round occupation and schedules are tight, but I bet we see more top guys next year.
RBSR – Whatever, the event name is just too damn long, needs a revision.
Safe – for as much speed and close action, it was pretty safe night for the racers. Although there were a number who came up short on landings and were probably feeling it the next morning.
Speaking of Coming Up Short – It amazes me how good suspension has become. Riders botch a jump, but the suspension and motor are so good, they get back in rhythm in no time.
Broadcast Team – Thumbs up to the Weedge. He is energetic and knowledgeable, to me he just comes off as authentic. Langston is a nice balance. The twin blondes in the pits seemed to say reasonably intelligent things and were entertaining. Does anyone think Sal Masekela adds anything to any show? I sure don’t.
Get the Damn thing on TV so everyone can watch
The RedBull/KTM show – no doubt this was a giant advert for both, but what the heck it was still a good show. While they dominated the 250 finals, the 125’s had a good mix of bikes.
Other Guys – KTM/Husky got the most TV time yet it was cool to see a TM, Beta and Alta in the mix too.
Synchronized Swimming – the side by side action was almost mesmerizing, kind of cool